TOP 11 Albums of 2017

A lot of great music was released in 2017 and made it quite difficult to narrow down the field of a list of the top albums of the year. After much deliberation and discussion, we've gathered a list of the top 11 rather than inundate you with a list of 100 albums to cull through. Ranging from the originality of Kendrick Lamar and SZA to the strong outings by Lorde and The War on Drugs, there's something for everyone in our top 11 albums of 2017. 15864

ALBUM REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – ‘Lust For Life’

Love her or hate her, Lana Del Rey has managed to carve herself out a spot in pop culture that might put the “cult” in pop culture. On her fifth album, “Lust For Life,” she seems to be attempting to reach outside of her circle, but not too far. While her vocals maintain the cool, buzzed lounge singer croon she’s been toting since she debuted on Saturday Night Live, the tracks on this album incorporate more modern tones, with hip-hop driven beats, and guest appearances from the likes of The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Stevie Nicks, and more. 15461

LISTEN: Lana Del Rey + the Weeknd Debut “Lust For Life”

Lana Del Rey has released the title title track for her forthcoming new album, Lust for Life, which is a duet with the Weeknd. The pair had worked together before on his previous records and a collaboration had been rumored to be in the works. The song follows up another track from the album, "Love" that was released earlier this month. The album will also feature a duet with Sean Lennon, called "Tomorrow Never Came", in which Del Rey spoke about in an interview with Courtney Love for Dazed Magazine, "I had listened to his records over

Top 15 Summer Songs: August Edition

Each year, August brings with it that bittersweet realization that summer is coming to a close.  Nostalgia for crazy nights, road trips, and perfect days begins to creep up as you begin to wonder where the past few months have gone.  But don't start mourning just yet!  Plenty of time remains for a few more shenanigans and we've even got you covered with a playlist. 11969

Op-Ed: Florence + the Machine: “What Kind of Man”

As we wait for Florence + the Machine to release their upcoming album "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" on June 2nd, the band's newest single entitled "What Kind of Man" can paint a very clear picture of the sound that will come from their new record. "What Kind of Man" is a tune that is a slow build, taking a full minute before the audience hears the powerful guitar rift that carries through the rest of the tune. However, the real pull of the song comes from the emotional build up that takes place before the instruments kick in. The

PHOTO REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2014 Weekend One Day Two

The second day of the Austin City Limits 2014 weekend one was quite perfect as the weather was warm but not too hot, even throughout the evening and also musically. Estimated figures have counted approximately 75,000 people during Eminem’s nearly two-hour headlining set that had an array of both older and younger fans alike mouthing the words to nearly every song. The set was packed with nostalgia for many who were in their formidable teen years when Marshall Mathers broke out in the late 90s. The singsongs were nearly non-stop throughout “White America”, "Kill You" and “The

ALBUM REVIEW: Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey

  As talented as she is controversial, sultry songstress Lana Del Rey is back with her third studio album “Ultraviolence”. While promoting the album last month, Del Rey came under fire for her comments in an interview when she romanticized the early deaths of artists like Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain, saying “I wish I was dead already.” While such comments may be a bit extreme, Del Rey delivers one of the strongest albums of the year with “Ultraviolence”, keeping in that same dark, romantic melancholy that fans have come to know and love while pushing herself as a artist as

Why We Love Lana Del Rey

Click click. Refresh. Click click click. Refresh. This is the mindless repetition that fans of singer-songwriter Elizabeth Grant, better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, have burdened upon themselves since new billboards in Brooklyn promoting the musician's new album Ultraviolence, due perhaps as early as May 1st, emerged this week. Reports that radio stations received copies of "West Coast," confirmed as the first single off Del Rey's second LP, has sparked speculation throughout the blogosphere that the highly anticipated track will either hit iTunes or be leaked shortly. 8405

Coachella 2014 Lineup Announced

The lineup for the Coachella Music & Arts Festival 2014 has been released. Initial confirmations of Arcade Fire and Outkast were released prior to the announcement as well as the video for “Ace of Spades” by Motörhead on the Coachella website. Headliners for this year’s dual weekend festival, April 11-13 and April 18-20 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, include Arcade Fire, Outkast and Muse. The rest of the lineup includes Motörhead, Queens of the Stone Age, Beck, Skrillex, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Calvin Harris, Lorde, Foster The People, CHVRCHES, The 1975, MGMT, Bastille, Broken Bells,

Video Style: Lana Del Rey- “Young and Beautiful”

I'll be honest, I'm not ashamed to do a dramatic Lana Del Rey impression every now and then. Her song "Young and Beautiful" released this past April, and constantly remixed by the likes of Kaskade, was composed for the film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby." The video released a month later showcasing Lana in a combination of Old Hollywood glam and a bit of street wear--as she usually does on a day-to-day basis with Converse and a bold lip. 5137